Nothing to choose between England and New Zealand in the T20 betting
After a thrilling five match one-day series was eventually won by England, the final fixture before the home side start to prepare for the Ashes is a one-off T20 international against New Zealand at Old Trafford.
England won a high-scoring ODI series 3-2 and will be hoping to take their limited overs form into Tuesday’s tie in front of what is expected to be a sell-out-out crowd in Manchester. Keep reading for our preview of the T20 international between England and New Zealand.
England look for a win in the one-off T20 fixture
It only took a matter of weeks for England’s one-day side to go from zeroes to heroes. After their terrible performances at the World Cup, Eoin Morgan’s young side have been terrific against New Zealand, breaking countless record on the way to a 3-2 series victory against one of the best limited overs sides in the world.
Five of England’s 13-man squad have yet to play a T20 international but the form of all-rounder David Willey, seamer Mark Wood and wicket-keeper/batsman Sam Billings have earned them a call-up to a new-look T20 squad.
Billings is hoping that England can take their recent one-day form into this one-off international. He said: “Winning that series is only a start, we want to take this team forward and, hopefully, it will have generated more interest in cricket around the country. If we can get people behind the team going into the Ashes, that can only be a good thing.
“Over the past month we have just enjoyed our cricket. We have gone out and played as we have done for our counties. It’s a shame we only have one T20. But this summer has been a fantastic advert for cricket and a lot of credit has to go to the Kiwis, they have played some unbelievable cricket in both formats.
“When you play a team like New Zealand, you have to fight fire with fire, otherwise you get left behind. That’s what we have tried to do and we have enjoyed playing that brand of cricket,” he added.
New Zealand pay tribute to England’s impressive ODI performances
Many expected New Zealand to comfortably win the series after their excellent run to the World Cup final and while captain Brendon McCullum was surprised by how well the home side played he also paid tribute to their performances, saying: “I think England’s an exciting group – fast forward four years and provided they stay true to that style, they’ll be a dangerous team.”
After playing their part in a terrific series, New Zealand are hoping that they can end their visit to the UK with a win. Big-hitting batsman Martin Guptill has promised more of the same when the two teams meet at Old Trafford.
“The Test matches and the one-day series have been pretty exciting. I don’t see there being any change,” he said.
“It has been one of those series where batsmen have dominated. Hopefully, it will be another good wicket here and we will have more of the same with a high-scoring and close game.“It has been amazing to be part of and we are now looking to finish on a high having lost on Saturday.”
England have played the one-day matches almost as if they have been a T20 and will no doubt adopt the same tactics in Manchester. Jonny Bairstow will again deputise for the injured Jos Buttler otherwise fans can expect to see many of the team that have performed so well over recent weeks.
New Zealand’s record in T20 internationals isn’t as impressive as their one-day record – they have lost as many T20s as they have won – while they have been defeated by England in 7 of their last 12 meetings.
There’s little to choose between the sides and both are available at 9/10.